ERIC Number: EJ875529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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Exploring Measurement Error with Cookies: A Real and Virtual Approach via Interactive Excel
Sinex, Scott A; Gage, Barbara A.; Beck, Peggy J.
AMATYC Review, v29 n1 p46-53 Fall 2007
A simple, guided-inquiry investigation using stacked sandwich cookies is employed to develop a simple linear mathematical model and to explore measurement error by incorporating errors as part of the investigation. Both random and systematic errors are presented. The model and errors are then investigated further by engaging with an interactive Excel simulation and a variety of what if scenarios. A conceptual understanding is developed by hands-on manipulation combined with further virtual experimentation. Numerous higher order thinking and science process skills are used throughout the investigation.
Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Measurement, Error of Measurement, Science Process Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Applications, Mathematical Concepts, Spreadsheets, Computer Software, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Simulation, Teaching Methods, Demonstrations (Educational), Experiments, Food, Thinking Skills
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